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News from Vermont Arts Council, June 12, 2014

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Words to Live By
"The equation of animal and vegetable life is too complicated a problem for human intelligence to solve, and we can never know how wide a circle of disturbance we produce in the harmonies of nature when we throw the smallest pebble into the ocean of organic life."
George Perkins Marsh, from "Man and Nature"

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George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882) was an American diplomat, philologist, and conservationist born in Woodstock, Vermont. He is considered by some to be America's first environmentalist.
Words To Live By brings weekly wisdom from Vermont poets, writers, artists and thinkers and is a project of the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Humanities Council.
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Poster for Christopher Durang 1-Act Showcase
Durang Bang
Lost Nation Theater
June 12 - 29
Soovin Kim, violinist
Soovin Kim and Ieva Jokubaviciute Rochester Chamber Music Society
June 14
Painting of a Mt. Lion
The Bennington
June 14 - Aug. 24
Photograph of the four members of the quartet
David Vendervort Quartet
Brandon Music
June 14
Artwork from Emergence 2Exhibit
Emergence 2
Champlain College Emergent Media
June 13 - July 19
Images of water features and greenery
Eco Logic All
Vermont Makers Meet Up
June 19
Summer Revels Poster
June 21
Frendly Gathering Poster
Frendly Gathering
June 27 - 28
Timber Ridge
Spruce Peak Performing Arts
June 15
June 12, 2014
Keeping you informed about the rich arts culture in Vermont
Council Elects New Officers
The Vermont Arts Council Board of Trustees elected new officers for FY2015 at its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 4. Irwin Gelber was elected chairman, replacing Barbara Morrow who completed her term.

Executive Director Alex Aldrich said, "We are greatly indebted to Barbara Morrow for her dedication to advancing the Council during her term as chair. Barbara brought strength, determination, and a terrific sense of humor to the board, and we will miss her!
Photograph of Irwin Gelber
Irwin Gelber
We look forward to the leadership of Irwin Gelber, a former concert pianist, music educator, and chef who brings a life-long passion for the arts, deep knowledge of the Council, and his own special brand of humor."

Ed Clarke and Edie Sawitsky were elected vice-chairs and James Club was elected treasurer. In addition, Elisabeth Gordon, Gayle Ottman, Peter Kriff, and Bob Stannard were elected to new terms as trustees by the VAC membership. Learn more about the board of trustees
Matthew Perry is Going South
Matthew Perry is heading to Nashville - but not to break into the country music business. The director of the Vermont Arts Exchange is presenting at the annual conference of State Arts Agency Community Arts Directors, June 15-17. Sonia Rae, director of artist and community programs at VAC, is chairing the conference, which will focus on rural arts.

Photo of Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry
"There was a strong desire this year to explore the topic of rural arts engagement," said Rae. "We will discuss questions such as: What are the strengths and challenges of rural arts organizations and how can we document and celebrate their unique identities?"

According to Rae, Matthew Perry's significant contribution to the Starksboro Art & Soul project made him a natural choice as a presenter at the conference. "Art and Soul is a model for arts and community engagement, and Matthew was the artist at the heart of that project. He uses the arts as a vehicle for connecting with everyone through the Vermont Arts Exchange - troubled teens, the elderly, students, and community members."

Perry's participation in the conference was sponsored, in part, by the Orton Family Foundation, which also funded the Starksboro Art & Soul project.
Summer Festival Feature #1
In the last issue, we invited readers to suggest summer arts festivals to feature in ArtMail. FIVE different people wrote to recommend Opera North. Congratulations Opera North! You've been selected as Summer Festival Feature #1!

Opera North is entering its 34th summer opera season, featuring three professional productions in the intimate 710-seat Lebanon Opera House. ON is proud of its reputation for serving as a launching pad for young artists, as graduates from the Young Artists Program have gone on to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Boston Lyric Opera.
Angela Mortellaro will play Violetta Valery in LaTraviata
This summer Opera North offers Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata," Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" and Kurt Weill's "Street Scene."  Each production is staged, costumed, and performed with a full orchestra under the direction of Maestro Louis Burkot. ON offers a rare opportunity to experience opera in our own backyard. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Opera North.
History Expo Celebrates the Arts in Vermont
The Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds will be brimming with arts on June 21 and 22 when the Vermont Historical Society presents History Expo 2014 Artists & Artisans: Vermont's Cultural Heritage. Poster for Vermont History Expo
In addition to exhibits about the history of Vermont, there will be many arts-related activities. Artists and artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts and music will fill the air each day. The many family activities include the Instrument Petting Zoo, hands-on crafts, a daily kids parade and an opportunity to create your own 3D Vermont Landscape. Stop by the Arts Council booth to "Picture Yourself As An Artist." Find out more about the Vermont History Expo.
Breaking News: Jane Chu Confirmed as NEA Chair
Today, after 18 months without a confirmed chair, the U.S. Senate approved Dr. Jane Chu to serve as the next National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chair.
Dr. Jane Chu
In a statement, Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert Lynch shared his excitement. "Dr. Chu brings an insightful combination of expertise to the position-experience in arts education, business administration, and philanthropy. She also understands the value of art at the community level and how the arts are transformative to individuals as well as places." Read the AFTA press release announcing the approval.
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